Another Year of the Man Booker’s Prize

I was 16 year old when I first read Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Thing” , maybe too young to understand the political subtext that it carried, but still that book had an impact on me. Regardless of what people may write about her or whatever may be her political ideology be, I am glad that the booker’s council got her into the limelight for the right reasons- for her book. Former winner to the biggest award for fiction, she is longlisted for her book “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” along with many decorated authors.

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Last years winner, Paul Beatty’s “The Sellout” was the first American book to win this prize, this year another 4 American books have been longlisted. Additionally 4 British, 2 Irish, 2 UK-Pakistani and one Indian authors have made the list. In total there are 7 men and 6 women authors which shows that there is very balanced and diverse voices from the list.

The bookers is the lottery for the author and publisher. Apart from 50,000 pound prize money, The Sellout sales were up by over 600% post announcement of the award.
Apart from “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”, I am also excited about Ali Smith’s “Autumn” and “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid- which are my first three from the list. I got introduced to Ali Smith’s writing through bookers only, when in 2014, her book “How to Be Both” was longlisted. Since then I have read her other books and also listened her podcasts and views, especially during Brixit referendum .

Ali Smith’s How to be both
Also I had earlier read “Exit West” preview on the kindle and I had liked what I read, so I am excited to see it get in the list.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. MyBookJacket says:

    I’m glad you’re looking forward to some on the list. Unfortunately for me, I find none of them appealing. Sigh.

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  2. Nish says:

    The first half of Exit West was excellent, but it somehow seemed to peter off towards the end. Still a very good read, and very topical too.


    1. I am currently half way through and I am enjoying it .. let’s see how it fairs .. dis you read any other from the long list ?


      1. Nish says:

        I have Ministry of utmost happiness on my bookshelf but yet to get to it

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      2. Great .. will look forward for your review


  3. Varsh says:

    Ali Smith’s How To Be Both and Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness are both on my reading list.


    1. They are both great books- you will enjoy them 🙂


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